Earlier this year Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d undergone a preventive double mastectomy after genetic testing showed she was at a high risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Since her disclosure, there has been a marked increase in genetic testing at treatment centers across the country, according to the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
“I really think of it as the Angelina gift, it is really kicking up the whole conversation,” said Dr. Marisa Weiss, director of breast health outreach at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa., and president and founder of Breastcancer.org.
One in 800 to one in 1,400 women are carriers of this mutation and the BRCA 1 and BRCA2 gene mutations account for between five and 10 percent of all breast cancer cases, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Join Divabetic’s salute to Breast Cancer Survivors living with Diabetes on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 6 PM, EST when Divabetic goes PINK! On October’s Diabetes Roundtable Inspired by Donna Summer podcast the happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic will be talking to friendly healthcare professionals and fabulous breast cancer survivors living with diabetes about this topic throughout the podcast. Special guests include: Music Journalist Christian John Wikane, Patricia Addie Gentle RN, CDE, Neva White DNP, CRNP, CDE, Kathy Gold RN, CDE, Poet Lorraine Brooks, Mama Rose Marie, CURE Thrift Shop owner Liz Wolff, and Jana, who is a breast cancer survivor living with diabetes. PODCAST LINK: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/divatalkradio1/2013/10/08/diabetes-roundtable-inspired-by-donna-summer
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